Chris Kreider to have rib resection surgery, still out indefinitely

January 5, 2018, by

The Rangers have provided an update on Chris Kreider, and it is not anything good at the moment. The forward will have rib resection surgery as part of his ongoing blood clot issues. He will continue to be out indefinitely. The surgery is basically the removal of a rib. Per Google, the recovery time is usually several weeks, which doesn’t include any blood clot treatment recovery.

Long story short, the Rangers are going to be without Kreider for an extended period of time. I shared this on Twitter, but the cap implications aren’t what you’d think, unless he’s out until the playoffs:

Kreider’s absence leaves a hole in the lineup that –while not as big as the one left by Mika Zibanejad– is very tough to fill.

Categories : Injuries


  1. SalMerc says:

    We need a power forward to replace him ASAP.

  2. Bobby B says:

    Get well soon Chris. Gorton get Evander Kane.

    • Rich S says:

      Gee Bobby B, why would we want a fast, physical goal scoring wing????
      Perfect replacement for kreider short and long term……I would take him in a heartbeat, just dont know what the cost…..but worth pursuing……
      Proven, goal scoring power forward….I think he would thrive in NYC……..worth a try……

  3. Buch Nieves says:

    Maybe Bergevin will trade him straight up for Pacioretty now!

  4. Spozo says:

    I assume you can’t be on blood thinners when you have surgery. So does this mean after he heals from surgery that the blood clot recovery timeline essentially starts over?

  5. Stevesse says:

    Unfortunately, I think CK has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. It occurs when there is pressure on the subclavian( around the collarbone) artery or vein is compressed to a point where clots form. Removing part of rib relieves the pressure and hopefully prevents more clots from forming. I think Steven Stamkos had this and he is fine now

    • Stevem says:

      From what I’ve read the rib resection is done because of TOS, and Stammer had the same procedure.. get well Kreids

  6. Peter says:

    All in all, it sounds painful. However, he is a healthy young man otherwise and should heal well. I am sure we all wish him the best.

    I wrote on the prior thread that I am against any drastic moves to salvage this season. I did not believe that the team was a threat to win the Cup even with a healthy Kreider, so paying dearly to replace him will only make a bad situation worse. I wish that they would be sellers at the deadline.

    On the bright side, Lias Andersson and Sweden will be playing Canada tonight for the Gold medal in the World Juniors. He has 6 goals in 7 games and is getting a lot of praise for his hockey intelligence, skill and toughness too.

    • Walt says:

      Sweden plays Czech Rep, but your spot on with the post!!!!!!

      • wwpd says:

        Czech wishes! No show in the bronze-medal game, lost by six goals

      • supermaz says:

        Peter was correct, Sweden plays Canada.

        • Bloomer says:

          3-1 Canada over Sweden. Losing Swedish player trying to break stick on glass using the Lundqvist method. Canada wins the gold medal.

        • Walt says:

          I stand corrected! I went back and reread the piece, and misinterpreted it. Sorry folks for misleading everyone. It was wishful thinking on my part I guess??????????

    • Odielishous says:

      1st Game 0 points Lias played 12:01…53 seconds in the 3rd in a 3 -2 game. This was versus SLovakia
      2nd Game 1 goal 2 pim and 16:32 in a 4 -2 win 3:55 in the 3rd period. This was versus US
      3rd Game vs Canada …0 points 13:35 in ice time 3:02 in the 3rd period.

      Where is the 6 goals? He had one goal and it was a meaningless goal. Sweden was up 3-0 at that point. Stop putting fan boy facts up. Do you work for the Rangers? Maybe he had 5 goals in the prelims but if you count that then oh well. Guess we should count the preseason goals for the ranger players also.

      Great 2 way player. He had his minutes decline every game in the 3rd period when it mattered. Coach must have really trusted him.

      Just so you know Trump ….I get your misleading us so we don’t see the truth. The guy is a bust.

      • Spozo says:

        I guess there really are people that feel they can declare an 18 year old a bust within 6 months of being drafted.

        • Odielishous says:

          Fellas this is not a 3rd round pick or a 2nd round pick. This kid is a first round 7th overall pick. Look up the players drafted behind him. See if any of them did anything in this tourney. Then diss my comment. Otherwise you are just fan boys who follow fluff pieces on the internet.

      • Peter says:

        Odie, Andersson had 6 goals and an assist in the first 7 games. You are talking nonsense. There are no prelims, it is a tournament.

        • Odielishous says:

          amazing cause off the actual website of the world juniors website (not some fluff piece off the internet)… all i could find was the 3 elimination games. Which is exactly where i pulled those stats. Guess they must have played some games for seeding that they didn’t post online for the rest of us to see.

          My fault I should have seen just how blind fan boys really are.

          Unlike Chytil this was his last year to play in this tournament and every game that mattered he had his ice time cut.

          That is exactly what I want from my number 7th pick overall. You are right I am wrong …this kid is crosby in the making. I bet you the oceans part when this kid farts in your dream world. He is fantastic pick…we should just dump DD and let his amazingness wow us in the nhl.

          • Peter says:

            Like I said, he scored 6 goals and an assist in the 7 games in the tournament. This is a fact, there were 8 games in which he played overall in the juniors.

            The opinions of observers at the tournament have been positive about the young man. In my opinion I think that he will make it in the NHL as a fine two-way player. Never said he was Crosby, but there are not many Crosby’s out there, are there?

            Nothing is for certain, but until he either makes the club and does not play well, or fails to make the club in a reasonable time, speaking about him as if he was a waste of a pick seems rather premature. The kid may be ready next season, or might not be. That is to be seen. Because he turned 19 in October, being ready at 20 or 21 would make him a bust?

            Finally, lose the insults in your posts. Otherwise, you are merely trolling.

  7. Walt says:

    Get well Chris, don’t rush back too soon. Your health long term is way too important…………

  8. Bloomer says:

    Kreds getting the same surgical procedure as Stamkos. I hope he scores like him when he recovers.

  9. Leatherneck says:

    Off topic, but I really am liking Andersson…throwing his silver medal into the crowd shows hunger….2nd best is not an option mentality….I really liked that….Marine Corps attitude….Yutttttt

    • Bloomer says:

      Andersson put it all out there as did the Swedish team. I like players who take their loses home. But if you want to win championships you need Canadian players leading the way.


    • Spozo says:

      Didn’t you declare him a bust on draft night?

      • Leatherneck says:

        I did and but I didn’t say a bust…I criticized the management not the kid, but if you think I criticized him, to that I would reply I was wrong.

        Unlike Leaky, I stand fast with my opinion of him. I don’t think Leaky sucks however I don’t think every game he wins was due solely to him. Leaky fans guard him and yet throw every other Ranger here and there under the bus. That to me is revolting.
        Leaky has gotten soft and even in his hay day he had sub par hockey IQ.

        • Spozo says:

          Literally everything with you comes back to Lundqvist. Even when he has nothing to do with the conversation.

          • Leatherneck says:

            With you it does….and always will…your wit and underlying comments are as old as the Acropolis,,,You don’t like me I don’t like you….to you I am a troll…whatever that means…to me…you and I differ on Leaky….case closed

            • Spozo says:

              When do I ever randomly insert him in to a conversation on here? Like you just did. The only time you ever post is to point out a “soft” goal.

  10. HARLEMBLUES says:

    Be well Mr. Chris Kreider

  11. Richter1994 says:

    Get healthy soon Chris.

    Andersson throws his silver medal into the crowd saying “some fan will want it more than me.” LOVE IT!!

    • Dan says:

      Same! I love that attitude of a young player.

      In the words of the great Ricky Bobby .. “if you’re not first, you’re last”.